It has now been more than a month since SPP took our first steps in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. What began with restrictions on travel and access to our facilities soon evolved to physical distancing of staff, health screenings and a transition of all stakeholder meetings to web and teleconferences. Looking back, it’s hard to believe so much has changed in just a few short weeks, but we’re proud to note that its impact to the service we’re able to provide you, our customers, has been minimal.Read More
As an example of the ways our organization has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, this week we conducted our first large, quarterly stakeholder meetings entirely as web conferences. SPP prides itself on its relationship-based culture, and I’m so pleased with how well that culture helped us to make our Markets and Operations Policy Committee and Strategic Planning Committee meetings a success. The initial feedback and effective meeting outcomes suggest that despite the crazy world we’re all living in now, SPP is well-equipped to continue to help our members work together to keep the lights on today, and in the future.Read More
We hope you are still making plans to attend our quarterly board-level meetings in April and July. The April meetings will all be conducted via WebEx.
Meeting virtually rather than in-person will require us to facilitate meeting logistics differently than we would under normal circumstances. We still want all of our stakeholders to have a meaningful voice consistent with our member-driven business model, and we will provide all meeting registrants instructions for effectively using the web conferencing platform prior to each event.
Southwest Power Pool continues to adapt along with the changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we’ve shared previously, we have taken a number of steps to mitigate the risks of introducing or spreading the virus among our staff. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our employees, though should that change, we stand ready with a number of contingency plans to respond quickly and ensure our continuous operation.Read More
It’s with a heavy heart that I write to share the news of the death of one of our colleagues. Bruce Scherr, a member of our board of directors since January 2016, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly the evening of March 29. Bruce served on the Finance Committee since 2017 and as Finance Committee chair beginning in 2018. He served on the Value and Affordability Task Force in 2019 and the Oversight Committee from 2017-2018. He was 72.Read More
SPP is quickly adapting to our new normal. Our non-operations staff has transitioned to working remotely, we are conducting all meetings virtually, and a team of leaders from across the organization now meets daily to assess and respond to circumstances that are still developing around us. We are also taking numerous proactive steps that will undoubtedly benefit us if the COVID-19 threat continues for several months. As noted in last week’s email, we continue to take precautions to ensure the health and safety of our operations staff. We appreciate your support and partnership as we all work together to navigate the uncertainties posed by this unprecedented event.Read More
Circumstances surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue to evolve. Though SPP remains well-equipped to provide our critical services with the same degree of quality you’ve come to expect, the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus in our area has prompted us to take additional steps to safeguard the health and safety of our staff, stakeholders, and the people with whom we work.Read More
As you’re likely aware, circumstances surround the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue to evolve rapidly. Though SPP remains well-equipped to provide our critical services with the same degree of quality you’ve come to expect, the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus has prompted us to take several steps to safeguard the health and safety of all SPP stakeholders and the people with whom we work.Read More
Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) is accepting applications to create a pool of industry experts. These experts may be chosen to serve on an independent panel to review competitive transmission construction proposals in 2020.Read More
On Feb. 21, 2020, SPP filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a tariff that defines rates, terms and conditions for the Western Energy Imbalance Services (WEIS) market. The WEIS Tariff defines the market’s rules and obligations for market participants and for SPP as the market operator. The tariff includes a market participant agreement effective on the date each market participant begins participating in WEIS. SPP will administer the WEIS Tariff separate from its Open Access Transmission Tariff.Read More